The area of modern urban development comprised of numerous artificial islands will include 17 venues, as well as the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre:
The Ariake Arena is home for the volleyball competition. After the Games, it will be used as a large gymnasium that can host various indoor competitions and events. It will also host the national volleyball league matches and the many international competitions that Tokyo has hosted. The venue, owned by TMG, is part of the waterfront sports area identified in “Tokyo Vision 2020” to include the Ariake Tennis Park, Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Centre, and the Olympic Aquatics Centre. These venues will be enhanced in tandem with the development of the waterfront area.
Olympic BMX Course
The Olympic BMX Course will be the venue for the BMX events. Easily accessible, the reclaimed site provides a dramatic forest setting with the city across the bay as a backdrop.
The Olympic Velodrome will have a temporary timber cycling track with carefully integrated seating to accommodate 5,000 spectators in a venue that blends well with its landscaped waterfront environment. The post-Games relocation and reuse of wooden materials is under consideration.
Olympic Gymnastic Centre
The Olympic Gymnastic Centre is a temporary facility planned as the site for gymnastics (artistic, rhythmic and trampoline) at the 2020 Games. The site, in the proximity of the Olympic and Paralympic Village and media centre, will have a capacity of 12,000 people. Full training facilities are planned at this round-shaped waterfront stadium. The venue is close to Ariake Arena (Volleyball), Olympic BMX Course and Olympic Velodrome.
Ariake Tennis Park
The leafy Ariake Tennis Park is Japan’s tennis centre. The existing Ariake Coliseum, a multipurpose 10,000 seat stadium with an all-weather court and a sliding retractable roof, regularly hosts international and major domestic events. Its legacy role will be as a venue for various sporting events, including tennis.
Odaiba Marine Park
Odaiba Marine Park will be the venue for both triathlon and open water swimming. As one of Japan’s most popular tourist sites, it combines a dramatic cityscape, historic landmarks and a natural waterfront setting famed as a place from which to watch the sunset. The inlet-shaped park is ideal for the design of the triathlon course, which will be viewable from grandstands.
Shiokaze Park, the largest park in the Tokyo Bay Zone, will be the beach volleyball venue. It is adjacent to the Odaiba Marine Park and has a backdrop the iconic Rainbow Bridge as well as views of Tokyo Bay.
Tokyo Big Sight Hall A
Wrestling will be held in Tokyo Big Sight Hall A, part of the city’s leading exhibition venue that attracts as many as 12 million visitors every year to international and national events. Hall A has a 90m x 90m column-free configuration, with a domed 31m high ceiling.
Tokyo Big Sight Hall B
Tokyo Big Sight Hall B, the venue for fencing and taekwondo, is part of Japan’s biggest exhibition facility, welcoming up to 100,000 visitors daily for a range of national and international events. The total floor space measures 230,000m. Hall B with its 31m domed ceiling, has a 90m x 90ms, column-free configuration, ideal for hosting indoor sporting events.
Seaside Park Hockey Stadium
Seaside Park Hockey Stadium, the venue for field hockey competitions with 10,000 people capacity, will be newly built in Ohi Seaside Park. After the Games, it will be remodelled as a field hockey stadium with 4,000 people capacity. Owned by TMG, it will serve as a base for promoting and strengthening hockey in Japan, through its use for national and international field hockey competition events.
Sea Forest Cross-Country Course
The Sea Forest will be the venue for the equestrian cross-country events. This verdant setting, created on reclaimed land, enjoys stunning views of Tokyo Bay with the dramatic cityscape as a backdrop. After the Games, this site will become an important recreational asset for the citizens of Tokyo.
Sea Forest Waterway
Sea Forest Waterway provides a venue for rowing and canoe/kayak sprint competition. After the Games, it will be owned by TMG and be a place to host rowing and canoe/kayak competitions as well as a recreation and relaxation area for local citizens. Linked to the rest of Tokyo by the new Tokyo Gate Bridge, it will serve as a waterside space that will be highly popular with Tokyo residents. The Sea Forest, with planting to be completed by 2016, illustrates Tokyo’s commitment to sustainable greening of the city.
Sea Forest Mountain Bike Course
The Sea Forest Mountain Bike Course will be the venue for the mountain bike events. Easily accessible, the reclaimed site provides a dramatic forest setting with the city across the bay as a backdrop.
Wakasu Olympic Marina
Wakasu Olympic Marina will be one of the finest sailing venues in Japan. After the Games, it will be owned by TMG and serve as a base for sailing, for citizens in Tokyo, and the surrounding area.
Dream Island Archery Field
Archery competitions will be held at Dream Island Archery Field. After the Games, the field will remain, integrated into the parkland surroundings, to host national and international archery competition events. It will be owned by TMG and serve as a venue for National University Championships, the National Championships and other competitions, and also as a basis for popular everyday archery activities in Tokyo. This venue completes the list of legacy sports venues that are part of the Waterfront Area sports chain.
Olympic Aquatics Centre
The Olympic Aquatics Centre will be the venue for swimming, diving and synchronized swimming competitions. After the Games, the 20,000 seat capacity will be reduced to 5,000 and remodelled as a swimming centre convenient in size. Owned by TMG, it will be used, like the existing Tatsumi International Swimming Centre, for metropolitan championships of various swimming competitions, National Championships, Japan Open and other international swimming competition events as well as being open to local residents.
Japan’s first dedicated water polo venue will accommodate up to 6,500 people. Located in the vicinity of the Olympic Aquatic Centre for swimming, diving and synchronized swimming, the venue will be a temporary facility in deference to location and legacy considerations.
All venue information is courtesy of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee